Miller to Milbank: Former Kernel accepts assistant job with Bulldogs
Jade Miller is taking his coaching career slow.
The Mitchell native has accepted the assistant boys basketball position and a math teacher job at Milbank High School.
Miller, a former Kernel and Dakota Wesleyan University basketball standout, had shown interest in the head position at Milbank. But he didn't want to rush into his first head job and said so during his interview.
"I expressed my concern with not being ready to be a head coach," Miller, 23, said.
Instead, Miller will serve as an assistant under Logan Diede, who will also be in his first-year at Milbank. On Thursday, Diede announced that he and Miller would be coaching the Bulldogs next season.
"Maybe when it came down to it, I would have been ready," Miller added. "But I felt I wasn't sure. So I thought I wouldn't make it tough on myself and maybe be under somebody to kind of build my coaching experience up first."
Diede returns to familiar territory as he is a former Britton-Hecla standout. He is also a former DWU graduate assistant.
"I am assuming he will have similar views as DWU," Miller said.
Miller, meanwhile, will be moving away from Mitchell for the first time in his life. But similar to his coaching decision, he's looking forward to establishing himself.
"It will definitely be nice having new scenery for once," he said. "Living here my whole life, it will be nice to get a little fresh air and kind of build myself up in a new town where not everybody knows me."
Miller, a math education major, had also applied for teaching spots at Harrisburg and Sioux Falls Roosevelt. He also applied for the Mitchell boys basketball assistant position.
He spent this past season as the Mitchell boys basketball eighth-grade coach.